Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax can be found naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals around the world.
Why is anthrax famous?
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Is anthrax used for anything?
Anthrax has been used as a weapon around the world for nearly a century. In 2001, powdered anthrax spores were deliberately put into letters that were mailed through the U.S. postal system. Twenty-two people, including 12 mail handlers, got anthrax, and five of these 22 people died.
What was anthrax originally used for?
The first deliberate uses of anthrax as an act of aggression were recorded in the early decades of the 1900s, during World War I. There is evidence that the German army used anthrax to secretly infect livestock and animal feed traded to the Allied Nations by neutral partners.
What is unique about anthrax?
Bacteria called Bacillus anthracis cause anthrax. This rod-shaped bacteria lives in the soil, sometimes infecting wild animals like antelope and deer, and livestock including cattle, sheep, and goats. In the resting or dormant phase, anthrax bacteria persist as tiny spores that are amazingly resilient and hard to kill.
Is there a cure for anthrax poisoning?
Signs and symptoms, which depend on how youre infected, can include skin sores, vomiting and shock. Prompt treatment with antibiotics can cure most anthrax infections. Inhaled anthrax is more difficult to treat and can be fatal. Anthrax is very rare in the developed world.